While it would be easy to solely report on D.C. United’s current standing, Jack McInerney’s scorching form is worthy of acknowledgement.
Some herald him as the “American Chicharito.” That remains to be seen. But the 20-year-old McInerney is the flavor of the month that has American soccer fans salivating.
The young striker currently sits atop the goal-scoring heap with six goals. McInerney’s brace in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over D.C. United allowed him to surpass Mike Magee and Robert Earnshaw.
Six starts. Six goals. 21 shots. But more importantly, one nation aroused with what appears to be a promising future.
From Eastern Conference finalist to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. This is hardly the start D.C. head coach Ben Olsen hoped for.
With just four points through seven matches, the Black and Red consistently leave the pitch black and blue.
United managed to find the back of the net Sunday afternoon—doubling their goal total in just 90 minutes—but this time it was the defense that failed to show up.
As Coach Olsen pointed out after the match, the team has yet to put it together for a complete 90 (per the team’s official website):
We’re having trouble putting together full games, where the offense is doing their part and the defense is doing what they do, and that’s kind of been the theme. Today offensively, I thought we created a lot of chances and we were dynamic at times and that’s a positive. But the way we started a game, that’s just unacceptable. It’s very alarming that we started the way we started. I guess I can sit here and take blame, sure. I don’t know, but we’ll get back to work and we’ll search for a complete game.
DC better find that "complete game" fast. The rest of the Eastern Conference is pulling away.
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